This has happened to me lots, as a result of undue stress. bad dreams and pain.
I generally get up for a while - if I am hungry will have a healthy snack and a drink (not tea/coffee), and go to bed a bit later. Sometimes I have to resort to some sleeping med. but not if I will be driving anywhere the next day.
Some people find it helpful to have a diary by their bed, and if there is something worrying them, to write it in the diary, the turning the light out. This allows the mind to 'let go' of the worry because it knows that it won't be forgotten.
Some people find it helpful to have a little white noise going - gentle music or talk-back radio playing softly. It can be soothing.
Make sure that the room isn't too hot or too cold.
Pull the curtains over to prevent any street light or bright moonlight coming in the window.
Don't do heavy duty exercise before going to bed.
Take a long, hot bath - put in some lavender oil and soak it up, or just rub a little lavender oil into your temples or put a drop on the pillow
Have a cup of chamomile tea before bed
Practice relaxation techniques - i.e. proper breathing, and muscle relaxation exercises - once in bed.
Make sure that you are eating quality food - not processed junk - and that you are getting enough lean protein and plenty of fruit and veges in your diet.
Are you on medications? It may be that if you are, they may be better taken at the opposite end of the day - talk with your Dr about this, and if the tips given don't work, talk with your Dr about the insomnia too.
Edit: I read your SparkPage and see that you belong to some Gastric teams. Make sure that your diet is as prescribed by your health professionals, including any supplements that they recommend.
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 8/5/2013 (04:54)
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